fi·​na·​le | \ fə-ˈna-lē How to pronounce finale (audio) , fi-ˈnä- How to pronounce finale (audio) \

Definition of finale

: the close or termination of something: such as
a : the last section of an instrumental musical composition the symphony's finale
b : the closing part, scene, or number in a public performance the finale of the ballet In the finale, the singer sang an Italian classic.
c : the last and often climactic event or item in a sequence the TV show's season finale

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Examples of finale in a Sentence

She sung a very difficult song for the finale. the finale to the festivities was a grand display of fireworks
Recent Examples on the Web Westminster dog show to award top prize The 144th annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, the canine equivalent of the Super Bowl, delivers its furry finale Tuesday night in New York's Madison Square Garden. Editors, USA TODAY, "New Hampshire primary, coronavirus, Westminster dog show: 5 things you need to know Tuesday," 11 Feb. 2020 That is why Cinderella is perfect for people who are still mourning the loss of Jane the Virgin following its July 2019 series finale. Ariana Romero,, "You Can See More Of," 11 Feb. 2020 The Spy Ponders’ fate in the Middlesex Liberty could come down to their league finale against the Marauders. Jenna Ciccotelli,, "Ursuline Academy ties it all together for breakout season," 11 Feb. 2020 Junior guard Manase Mose is the lone player UNT has returning who was listed as a starter on its offensive line heading into its season finale against UAB. Brett Vito, Denton Record-Chronicle, "Breaking down North Texas' recruiting class: The Mean Green’s best signee, a dark horse, overall grade and more," 5 Feb. 2020 The Packers led only 14-10 at halftime, but then turned it on The Packers turned their season finale into a rout after clinging to a 14-10 lead at halftime. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Willie Wood's interception changed the course of first Super Bowl. Here's what else happened in legendary Packers' win," 4 Feb. 2020 In its regular-season finale, Cloverleaf faced undefeated Highland High with a playoff spot on the line. Matt Kawahara,, "49ers fullback Kyle Juszczyk runs on ‘drive from within’," 1 Feb. 2020 The Browns split their two games with the Cincinnati Bengals this past season, winning 27-19 in Cleveland on Dec. 8 but falling 33-23 in their season finale in Cincinnati. Dave Clark,, "Baker Mayfield on ESPN's 'Get Up': 'I put my foot in my mouth a lot this past year'," 31 Jan. 2020 The Tennessee Titans needed to beat the Houston Texans in their regular-season finale on Dec. 29 to get into the NFL playoffs. Mark Inabinett |, al, "Nick Saban explains Derrick Henry’s run of success," 19 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of finale

1774, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for finale

borrowed from Italian, noun derivative of finale, adjective, "last, final entry 1," going back to Latin fīnālis

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The first known use of finale was in 1774

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15 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Finale.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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How to pronounce finale (audio) How to pronounce finale (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of finale

: the last part of something (such as a musical performance, play, etc.)


fi·​na·​le | \ fə-ˈna-lē How to pronounce finale (audio) \

Kids Definition of finale

: the close or end of something (as a musical work)

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